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Why Do Hit-and-Run Drivers Flee?

 Posted on February 13, 2024 in Uncategorized

Lake Zurich car accident lawyerAny car accident can be traumatic, but hit-and-run accidents often leave those involved even more shaken up. A hit-and-run accident is one where the driver flees the scene after hitting another vehicle or pedestrian. According to national statistics, almost 3,000 people are killed each year in hit-and-run accidents. An Illinois personal injury lawyer knows there are several common reasons why some drivers flee instead of stopping when they have been involved in a crash, including the following. Call our office for legal assistance if you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident.   

Fear of Consequences

One of the most common reasons hit-and-run drivers do not stop is fear of facing the consequences of their actions. They may worry about legal repercussions, such as criminal charges, fines, imprisonment, and civil liability for damages and injuries caused by the accident. This can be especially true if there are any of the following factors exist:

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What Are the Most Common “Silent” Injuries from Car Accidents?

 Posted on January 16, 2024 in Uncategorized

Blog ImageVehicle accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, from minor to fatal. Some of these injuries are immediately visible and have immediate symptoms, such as broken bones, lacerations, and bruising. Other injuries can be less apparent; however, they are just as debilitating. These silent injuries can have a significant impact on a person's physical and emotional well-being and if left untreated, can result in serious disabilities or even death. This is why each Illinois personal injury lawyer at our firm recommends you always seek out medical attention after any type of accident, even if you do not think you have any injuries.

The following are four of the most common types of “silent” car accident injuries.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Traumatic brain injury is a hidden consequence of car accidents that can have devastating effects on a person's life. Even if there are no visible signs of head trauma, the force and impact of the crash can result in brain injury.

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The Impact of Permanent Nerve Damage Injuries from Car Accidents

 Posted on December 22, 2023 in Uncategorized

Blog ImageCar accidents can be traumatic events that have far-reaching consequences, both physically and emotionally. Even what may at first appear to be minor injuries can end up leaving a person with permanent nerve damage. Nerve damage, also known as neuropathy, can be a life-altering condition that affects one's quality of life. Having an Illinois personal injury lawyer who understands the long-term impact of this condition will ensure that your best interests are protected in any type of legal action that may be necessary in your situation.

Types of Nerve Damage

Many injuries are immediately visible, such as broken bones, limbs that have been crushed, open wounds, and contusions. Although nerve injuries are common car crash injuries, these injuries are often not immediately recognized. This is one reason why it is so important for anyone involved in a car accident to seek medical attention immediately, no matter how minor the crash was.

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How Common Are Medical Errors?

 Posted on November 14, 2023 in Uncategorized

Lake Zurich Medical Malpractice AttorneyMedical errors are a serious concern in healthcare. According to national statistics, medical errors result in costs of about $20 billion every year. Although medical errors cover a wide range of issues, certain types of medical errors occur more frequently than others. The following is a brief overview of those errors. Contact an Illinois medical malpractice lawyer for more detailed information about your situation.

Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis is thought to be the most prevalent type of medical error that results in medical malpractice lawsuits. When a medical provider fails to diagnose a patient’s medical issue accurately or fails to account for the patient’s symptoms, this is considered a misdiagnosis.

When a doctor makes a misdiagnosis, this can delay the patient receiving the necessary treatment for their condition, or the patient may be given the wrong treatment. Both situations can end up causing the patient’s medical condition to progress, often with devastating consequences.

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Recognizing Signs of Abuse in Nursing Homes

 Posted on October 13, 2023 in Uncategorized

Lake Zurich Elder Abuse AttorneyNursing home abuse is a reprehensible issue that affects vulnerable elderly residents who rely on these facilities for care, comfort, and support. According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), approximately one in 10 nursing home residents in this country experiences some form of abuse. Unfortunately, various forms of abuse can occur within nursing homes, causing physical, emotional, or psychological harm to the residents.

The following are the most frequent types of abuse. If you suspect your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact an Illinois personal injury lawyer immediately.

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is the intentional use of force to cause harm to a nursing home resident. There are a number of different types of physical abuse that can be inflicted on a resident. Examples include slapping, hitting, restraining, pushing, or using excessive force during caregiving activities. It can result in bruises, fractures, cuts, or other visible injuries. Sometimes, signs of physical abuse may be hidden, such as unexplained injuries or sudden changes in a resident's behavior.

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What Are the Most Common Reasons for Auto Defect Lawsuits?

 Posted on September 15, 2023 in Uncategorized

Lake County car accident lawyerAlthough most car accidents are caused by driver error, negligence, or recklessness, many people may not realize how many crashes, injuries, and fatalities happen because of a vehicle defect. Anyone who is injured in a crash caused by a vehicle defect can still pursue legal action for the losses their injuries have caused. In most cases, the liable party is usually a party that was involved in producing the vehicle. These car accident claims can be complex, so it is important to speak with an Illinois personal injury attorney to find out what your legal options are.

Defective Vehicle Crashes

According to a study conducted by Stanford University, driver error is responsible for approximately 90 percent of the two million car accidents each year. Although vehicle defects account for under 5 percent of crashes, this still adds up to about 120,000 accidents each year.

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If I Was Hit by a Car While Jaywalking in Illinois, Can I Still Pursue Compensation?

 Posted on August 20, 2023 in Uncategorized

 

Lake Zurich personal injury lawyerAccidents happen, and sometimes, pedestrians are involved in collisions while jaywalking. If you have been struck by a car while jaywalking in Illinois, you may wonder if you still have the right to pursue compensation for your injuries. Luckily, jaywalkers in Illinois can indeed pursue compensation. If you have found yourself injured, contact a personal injury attorney to ensure you can seek the compensation you may be entitled to.

Individuals Involved in an Accident Can Share Blame in Illinois

In Illinois, the concept of comparative negligence comes into play when determining liability in personal injury cases. Comparative negligence allows both parties involved in an accident to share responsibility. While jaywalking is considered a violation of traffic laws, it does not automatically excuse a driver who hits a pedestrian of all liability. Illinois follows a modified comparative fault rule, meaning you may still be able to get compensation even if you were partially at fault, as long as your share of fault does not exceed 50 percent. 

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